Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival 2013: Script Reading Event

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Behn Final

From May 8-10, 2013 the School of Media Studies will present its annual Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival. 

The 2013 Director-in-Residence is Benh Zeitlin, the extraordinarily gifted young filmmaker whose first feature, Beast of the Southern Wild (2012), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, the Camera D'Or at Cannes, and received four Oscar Nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. 

In his role as Director-in-Residence, Zeitlin will introduce a screening of his film, followed by a Q&A and conduct a master class. These two events are book ended by the Original Script Reading Event in which actors perform scenes from scripts written by students who have completed the Screenwriting Certificate. The Invitational Film Show featuring outstanding work by New School student filmmakers will conclude the festival with an awards ceremony and a reception.

  • Original Script Reading Event
    Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor
  • Screening of Beast of the Southern Wild followed by Q&A session with the director.
    Thursday May 9, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
  • Invitational Film Show
    Friday May 10, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street

For inquiries, please write to and list “Hirshon Film Festival” in the subject header.

This festival was named in honor of Dorothy H. Hirshon, a New School trustee for sixty-one years whose estate made a generous bequest to the School of Media Studies in order to promote excellence and education in the filmmaking arts.


Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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